NBA Basketball

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Final 1 2 3 4 Tot
Atlanta 32 30 28 27 117
Dallas 33 19 29 37 118
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4:30 PM PT5:30 PM MT6:30 PM CT7:30 PM ET0:30 GMT8:30 5:30 PM MST7:30 PM EST4:30 UAE (+1)01:3019:30 ET6:30 PM CT22:30 , February 10, 2021
American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas  Attendance: 1,000

Mavs aim to keep good times rolling at home vs. Hawks

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Atlanta Hawks at Dallas Mavericks

  1. The Mavericks snapped a seven-game losing streak with their 122-116 win in Atlanta on February 3. It was the Mavs' third win in four meetings with the Hawks after having lost 10 in a row prior to this run.
  2. The Hawks shot 52.8 percent (19-for-36) from behind the arc in their win over Toronto on Saturday, the first time they've shot over 50 percent from three since March 4, 2018. They were the only team that hadn't made more than half their threes in any game since the start of the 2018-19 season.
  3. Trae Young shot 14-for-14 from the foul line in his 28-point, 13-assist performance against Toronto on Saturday. It was the 13th time he's been to the line 10 or more times this season, two more than any other player (Joel Embiid -- 11).
  4. Dallas scored 43 points in the first quarter of its 127-122 win over the Timberwolves on Monday. It was the 12th time since the start of the 2018-19 season that the Mavs scored 40 first-quarter points, tied with the Warriors for most the most in the NBA in that time. Atlanta is third on that list with nine.
  5. Kristaps Porzingis had 27 points, 13 rebounds and six blocks against Minnesota on Tuesday, the first Mavericks player to post at least 25 points, 10 rebounds and six blocks in a game since Dirk Nowitzki on January 6, 2006 (27-10-7).
  6. Danilo Gallinari is seven points away from 10,000 for his career. Gallinari will be the first Italian, and 31st player born outside the United States, to reach that milestone.

The Dallas Mavericks look to continue their new-found good fortune at home when they play the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday night.

The Mavericks are coming off a 127-122 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Monday, a game conducted with fans for the first time this season at the American Airlines Center. It was the Mavs' second straight home win after they lost six in a row in their own arena.

"It helps bring back a little bit of the normalcy," Dallas coach Rick Carlisle said regarding the return of 1,500 spectators to the venue.

The Mavericks have won three of their past four games, while the Hawks just ended a three-game losing streak Saturday by beating the Toronto Raptors 132-121.

This is the second meeting between Dallas and Atlanta in the past week. The Mavericks won 122-116 on Feb. 3 in Atlanta.

The Hawks will be without guard De'Andre Hunter, their second-leading scorer (17.2 points) for as many as six weeks. Hunter, who had missed the past four games with right knee discomfort, underwent a "lateral meniscus arthroscopic debridement" procedure on Monday. The team will evaluate his progress in two weeks.

"I don't know if you're just going to replace De'Andre," Atlanta coach Lloyd Pierce said. "You just have to have other guys step up, and that's what we're looking for. ... It definitely doesn't sound like a season-ending injury. I'm sure it's going to take some time for rehab and from a strength and conditioning standpoint, but all signs so far are he's going to be back -- just don't know exactly when."

Kevin Huerter has stepped up in Hunter's absence to fill some of the scoring void. Huerter, who averages 12.3 points, has 66 points (16.5 ppg) in the four games that Hunter has missed and had 21 against the Mavericks in the first meeting. During those four games, Huerter is shooting 53.8 percent (14-for-26) on his 3-point shots; he has made 40.8 percent this season.

The Hawks also hope to get more points from Danilo Gallinari and Tony Snell, both of whom have played through injuries, and Cam Reddish.

Dallas continues to get good work from Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis. They combined for 53 points in the win over Minnesota.

Doncic, who scored 26, has at least 25 in a career-best 11 straight games. Doncic leads the NBA with six triple-doubles this season and just missed in the last game against Atlanta with 27 points, 14 assists and eight rebounds.

Porzingis, who had preseason surgery on his right knee and missed the first nine games, is starting to play longer stretches of time each game, and his production shows. Porzingis is averaging 22.6 points over the past five games and has pushed his season average to 20 points. He had 24 points and 11 rebounds in the first meeting with Atlanta.

"He was making shots," Carlisle said after Monday's game. "He was also moving the ball beautifully and rolling and cutting beautifully that opened up other guys. It's a positive thing. It's clear as each game goes on, each thing is getting better, more the way he wants it and more the way we want it."

--Field Level Media

Updated February 9, 2021

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